Taylor Cole To Lead Bridgestone Commercial OTR As President

Nashville, Tenn. (February 18, 2015) – Bridgestone Commercial, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO), today announced the appointment of a new president in the commercial tire division. As President, Commercial OTR, Taylor Cole will be responsible for leading Bridgestone’s North American commercial and strategic direction. Taylor will be instrumental in harnessing resources for continued growth of the division, solidifying Bridgestone’s commitment to the mining, construction, aggregates, as well as road and bridge and port business segments.

“Taylor brings rich and diverse experience to the commercial team,” said Kurt Danielson, President, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales. “He will lead the vision and execution of our short- and long-term direction, including strengthening our value proposition, developing a high-performing team and ensuring market strategies tie into the vision of both the Commercial division and Bridgestone. Taylor’s management strength and initiative will energize our team and commitment to all OTR segments.”

Taylor brings a history of proven management experience, most recently serving as managing director of all U.S. new equipment and aftermarket business units at Howden North America Inc. He has also served in executive roles at Intergraph Corporation, Sandvik Mining and Construction, and Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc. in the U.S. and overseas. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from the University of Florida. Taylor served as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve.

OTR is a significant and strategic business segment for Bridgestone. The company continues to make significant investments in technology, training and other resources for this market, affirming Bridgestone’s commitment to both customers and the industry. To learn more, visit

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses; the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bandag brand, Bandag retreading dealers have access to industry-leading retreading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise. This combination of new and retread product offering provides customers with total tire solutions.